CYPRESS Cupressus sempervirens
Uses: This gentle oil is both astringent and diuretic which makes it ideal for use with “leaking” conditions, such as: sweating, all types of blood flow, swelling, vascular and digestive abnormalities, incontinence, morning sickness with vomiting, and heavy lochia (postpartum discharge). Cypress stimulates circulation so can be useful in postpartum for improving lymphatic drainage and vascular tone and decreasing cellulite (yay!).
Other indications include: cramps and spasms of the uterus or respiratory system (trees = bronchial support), muscular-skeletal discomfort, uterine irritation, postpartum hair loss, and wound redness or swelling. Emotionally, cypress is grounding and cleansing, like most oils derived from trees. Trees help to reduce stress and tension and calm the nervous system. Try sitting under a cypress tree.
Cypress is one of the best essential oils for grief, especially after a miscarriage when emotions are out of balance and the body is also recovering from an excess of fluids. Other oils to consider include a blend of eucalyptus, cardamom, and helichrysum. To use essential oils for grief, it is important that the fragrance is inhaled throughout the day; use a spray or diffuser. Oils may also be applied to the heart chakra.
Precautions: May cause sensitivity to skin if oxidized; store tightly in dark bottles and keep cool. Avoid use with hypertension because it is astringent (tightening).